"Unstoppable." That's the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' 2019–2020 theme and, given the way nurses have had to battle against COVID-19, it seems that no better word has been chosen to describe nursing. While many Americans are sheltering in place due to stay-at-home orders, nurses and other healthcare professionals are heading to work each day to care for patients with and without COVID-19.
"[Nurses] are rising up and charging [toward] the problem. It just validates to me how much I'm really honored to be part of this profession," says Megan Brunson, RN, MSN, CCRN-CSC, CNL, AACN president and night shift supervisor for the cardiovascular ICU at Medical City Dallas.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Brunson has had both an up-close and personal as well as eagle-eye view of what critical care nurses are experiencing during this time.